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Klopp ready for tough Champions League quarter final against a ‘quality’ Porto

Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool are anticipating a tough Champions League quarter-final after being drawn to face Porto in the last eight.

Liverpool will face the Portuguese side for the second consecutive year in the Champions League knockout stages, with Klopp’s side advancing 5-0 on aggregate in the last-16 last season.

Klopp is expecting a difficult encounter against what he describes as a ‘quality’ side, with the Portuguese champions reaching the last eight with a 4-3 aggregate win over last season’s semi-finalists Roma.

“What can I say? It’s Porto and we’ve played there already and we know how good we had to be last year,” the German told Liverpoolfc.com.

“The result in the end was a strange one; it was very good for us, of course, but it was a strange one. In the second leg, we saw the character of Porto and the quality they have.

“I could not be further away from thinking it’s the best draw because it isn’t – it is just the draw, it’s the opponent we have to prepare for and that’s all we will be thinking about from when we start preparing for the game.

“We have a specialist for Porto in our own team in Pep Lijnders being there in the past – and he always speaks with so much respect for that club. We will have plenty of information and that’s what you need before a game, but you still have to play it. Now we know it, let’s prepare.”

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